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Don't Buy...D.I.Y.: Elastic-Banded Pumps
D.I.Y. Removable Shoe Elastics...Just for the Hell of It.

This is soooo simple!

Posted by carlyjcais from Portland, Oregon, United States • Published See carlyjcais's 60 projects »
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  • Step 1

    Start by puting on the pair of shoes you want to adorn with elastics. Wrap a piece of thick elastic around the upper part of your foot (halfway onto your arch). The band needs to go all the way around the pump and overlap about a 1/2" on the underside, in front of the heel. Make sure it's tight so it won't slip down (just not too tight since we don't want to crush our foot bones!).

  • Step 2

    Cut elastic to correct length.

  • How to revamp a pair of revamped shoes. Elastic Banded Pumps - Step 3
    Step 3

    Sew on a sewing machine - just reinforcing the overlap area on the elastic. I've found they work best when the elastic overlaps at an angle - NOT one side meeting the other side exactly - to accommodate the curve of your foot. Repeat for other elastic.

    See? The meeting of the two ends is at an angle - NOT straight on. Only really necessary for 1.5" wide elastic like this; for the thinner types of elastic it doesn't really matter.

  • How to revamp a pair of revamped shoes. Elastic Banded Pumps - Step 4
    Step 4

    Presto! It's like you have a whole new pair of shoes!

  • How to revamp a pair of revamped shoes. Elastic Banded Pumps - Step 5
    Step 5

    And I also tried adding thinner elastic to the ends of silver vinyl belting for a different look...

  • How to revamp a pair of revamped shoes. Elastic Banded Pumps - Step 6
    Step 6

    and sparkly silver ribbon for yet a third look. Both have thinner pieces of elastic sewn onto the ends of the contrasting ribbons. (The elastic is only about 1.5" long in-between, for the underlay part and to allow the band to slide over the widest part of the shoe at the toe.)You could do virtually anything! Chain overlaid onto stain...frilly ribbon with grosgrain in the center...a line of sequins...anything at all!

    Happy DIY'ing!
    xoxox
    Carly

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Mirriam Rachele
Mirriam Rachele · Sydney, New South Wales, AU · 2 projects
I was just thinking of making some of these to keep a pair of heals on that fall off my feet because they're a size to big. Favourited to remind me to make some =P
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carlyjcais
carlyjcais · Portland, Oregon, US · 61 projects
Thanks SyntheticStars!
These bands will definitely help keep your shoes on your feet - especially when dancingHappy
Have fun!
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SyntheticStars
SyntheticStars · Eastleigh, England, GB · 31 projects
Oooooh, I REALLY like this...I've got to do something like this for wearing over my shoes whilst dancing... hummm... inspired indeed! x
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carlyjcais
carlyjcais · Portland, Oregon, US · 61 projects
Thank you naruto uzumaki! Love your usernameHappy
xoxo
Carly
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naruto uzumaki
naruto uzumaki · 5 projects
cute1
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carlyjcais
carlyjcais · Portland, Oregon, US · 61 projects
Yeah, Ely, I know it's not reinventing the wheel haha! You are too funny!;-) But it works and looks kinds cool.
Thanks bathtub! Appreciate the comments!
xoxo
carly
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ely.
ely. · Victorville, California, US · 9 projects
This is a good idea. I use something similar to hold my Irish dance shoes on, haha.
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bathtub (;
bathtub (; · El Paso, Texas, US · 9 projects
this is coolHappy
it adds a touch of edgy-ness
to a good pair of classy heels
Happy
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